Travel News for Week of January 27

By January 27, 2019Blog

Princess Cruises just announced that they are expanding their Ocean Medallion technology to 3 more ships: Royal, Crown, and Sky Princess starting February 17. This is a wearable technology that holds guests’ information so that the crew can identify them. The technology opens cabin doors, allows guests to make payments, embark, and disembark. It is a quarter size medallion that can be worn as a necklace, bracelet, or kept in a pocket.

Disney is celebrating Mickey and Minnie’s 90th birthday this year with special shows and parades. Disney World introduces a “Move It, Shake It, Mousekedance It Street Party” parade several times a day. Over at EPCOT, Illuminations will end its run by the end of summer. It will be replaced with a new spectacular show by 2020. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open this fall at Hollywood Studios. This summer, Typhoon Lagoon will host a nighttime Beach Party with Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Jessie hosting. The lagoon will be transformed with special lighting effects. If you are looking forward to going to Disney, this might be the year.

Once of the more common questions that I am asked by people taking a cruise is, “Which side of the ship is best”? The cabins are usually just mirror images of each other on opposite sides of the ship. Cruise Critic had a nice article this week about that very thing. If you are taking a one way cruise, it is always nice to have the land side. If you are visiting several ports, take a look at the direction the ship is sailing. It is impossible, however, to always know which way the ship will dock. More importantly, when I book people, I try to avoid having them above or below things like the casino, the buffet, etc. Also, if you are sensitive to tobacco smoke, you may want to find out which side of the ship has the smoking area as that smoke could waft right up to your room. There are a lot of things to think about before you plunk down that deposit.

2019 Tours

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.  Waitlist. Call for availability.

June 6-20, 2019 Viking Homelands   This cruise will take place on the Viking Sea. This cruise will visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, Poland,and Berlin.  Waitlist. Call for availability.

August 11-21,  2019  Delightful Danube and Prague   Join us as we spend three wonderful days in the beautiful city of Prague before boarding the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for a seven night cruise down the Danube.    We’ll visit the towns of Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna before ending our journey in the amazing city of Budapest.   Waitlist. Call for availability.

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  Time to deposit!   See the itinerary at


May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.   Check out the itinerary:  

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  We are ready for deposit.   I only have 20 spots for this cruise.   Call now!

June 13-21 2020   Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park, and Mesa Verda National Park. We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

August Canadian Rockies  We’ll fly into Vancouver and after enjoying the sights of Vancouver and Victoria, we’ll head up to Kamloops and then to Jasper National Park. We’ll see the Athabascan Glacier from our snow machine. We’ll visit the spectacular Lake Louise and then on to Banff. The trip ends in Calgary but there is an opportunity to take a 2 day extension back to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer. More info shortly.

September 12-23, 2020  Discovering Poland     Check out the itinerary at

October 2020  Autumn Colors

November 2020   Panama Canal Cruise

Have a great week!